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EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged) | [Conn Iggulden]

EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)

Julius Caesar has been assassinated. A nation is in mourning. Revenge will be bloody... Rome's great hero has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar's adopted son Octavian, a man whose name will echo through history as Augustus Caesar. Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution and avenge his father's death.
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Publisher's Summary

Julius Caesar has been assassinated. A nation is in mourning. Revenge will be bloody... Rome's great hero has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar's adopted son Octavian, a man whose name will echo through history as Augustus Caesar.

Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution and avenge his father's death. His greatest hatred is reserved for Brutus, Caesar's childhood friend and greatest ally, now leader of the conspirators. As the people take to the streets of Rome, the Liberatores must face their fate. Some flee the city; others will not escape mob justice. Not a single one will die a natural death. And the reckoning will come for Brutus on the sweeping battlefield at Philippi.

The epic fifth novel in Conn Iggulden's bestselling 'Emperor' series.

©2013 Conn Iggulden (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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    Julian READING, United Kingdom 08-30-13
    Julian READING, United Kingdom 08-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Get a narrator who knows a little history"

    What a wooden narration! Made worse by an obvious complete lack of knowledge of the subject matter which led to annoying miss-pronunciation of names & places. Please, Mr Iggulden - a good narrator is almost as important as you! Try Humphrey Bower to see how it is really done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fredrik Pettersen Florida, United States 10-07-13
    Fredrik Pettersen Florida, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible narrator made me wince"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend it to anyone who had read the previous books, or anyone wanting to jump in (as the death of Caesar makes a good starting point). However, I would NOT recommend this Audible version, as the narrator ruins the book completely.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Healy’s performance?

    Everything. It was terrible. But let me try to list my main objections:

    - Healy has a strange lilt to his voice that is either an accent or terrible reading skills. The upshot is that every full stop, he lifts his voice the way you sometimes do when reading to young children.

    - His reading pace hardly ever changes, meaning even in tense, action-packed moments, it's as if he's reading "My dog Spot" to a room of 5-year-olds.

    - He doesn't differentiate between characters as far as I could tell, meaning that when one character interrupts another, it gets reeeeally confusing.

    - I don't think he's read the book beforehand; Imagine how you'd say the sentence "I think I'd quite like a sandwich and a nice cup of tea". Now imagine Healy saying, in the exact same way "You're a disgrace to Rome!..." (the exclamation point silent), and then continuing, completely obliviously (and still just as ploddingly) "...shouted Octavian and slammed his fist into the table." The disconnect between how Iggulden claimed Octavian said it and how Healy reads it would be funny, if it wasn't ruining my book.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to finish this book in hard-copy. Worst narration I've experienced since "Rendezvous with Rama".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 09-04-13
    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 09-04-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A terrible reader spoils a godd story"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Actually, the story IS interesting, although less enjoyable than the previous two volumes of this great series on Rome and Caesar.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Healy’s performances?

    No, not at all. He reads stiltingly, making pauses more appropriate for small children. I didn't finish listening to the book because of his irritating narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could listen to this book with a different narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • gary
    United Kingdom
    6/19/13
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    "Terrible narration"
    What did you like best about EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)? What did you like least?

    The story was good. terrible narration, felt like pulling teeth


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator


    Was EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged) worth the listening time?

    No, read the book instead


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    UK
    8/13/13
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    "narrator is a cure for insomnia"
    What would have made EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged) better?

    having somebody with a more interesting narration style read the book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)?

    overall good end to the Emperor series


    How could the performance have been better?

    get a narrator that doesn't send you to sleep


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    book overall ok, as had read 1-4 but this narrator was worse than the one in books 3-4 and that is saying something as his mangling of names was terrible


    Any additional comments?

    for the money think Audible should have narrators with better delivery cadence, given that this media is - audible

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    luton, United Kingdom
    8/13/13
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    "Good book although a strange narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged) the most enjoyable?

    The plot was good and for those who have read the other other four books you will not be let down.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Healy?

    The narrator was very different to any other I have listen to and was very hard to get use to but I did after a hour or two.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    8/3/13
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    "I can't listen as the narrator is terrible!!!!!!"
    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Healy?

    One of the previous ones, Robert Glennister or Paul Blake.


    Any additional comments?

    Conn is an amazing author and I have all of this series on audio books however this time I will have to buy the book. I am very disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    5/27/14
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    "Don't buy this audiobook - read the book and enjoy"
    What would have made EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged) better?

    A decent narrator which more than one level and pace to his voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)?

    The story is wonderful - a fitting finish to a great series of books.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Healy?

    Paul Blake or Robert Glenister who narrated the previous audiobooks


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)?

    None - there is nothing wrong with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    How could anyone think that Michael Healy was capable of narrating an audiobook. Simply terrible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Des
    Niederau, Austria
    10/7/13
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    "Narration made me wish for the Armies of Caeser"
    What would have made EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged) better?

    For the narrator to have been tied down and forced to listen to his own steady destruction of a wonderful book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)?

    When the narrator pronounced Iggulden's name Ig-Gulden after 7 seconds - However, after 6 hrs and 39 minutes of the second part he gives in and pronounces the name correctly.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By reading the book. The emphasis is all over the place and he sounds like a robot. There is NOTHING to redeem this terrible narration - Why oh why would ANYONE decide this farce is acceptable??


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)?

    Nothing - The story is perfect


    Any additional comments?

    Bring back crucifiction for the narrator and SHAME on Audible for charging a single denarius for this. I hope Conn Iggulden writes many more great books and never allows them to be mashed by this narrator again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    4/24/14
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    "Good story, abysmal narration"
    Would you try another book written by Conn Iggulden or narrated by Michael Healy?

    Id listen to more from the author but never this narrator again


    What didn’t you like about Michael Healy’s performance?

    Strange cadence, awful characterisation


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Narration ruined it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Ronald L. Alcock
    Derbyshire, UK
    4/10/14
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    "Exellent story and well read"
    Would you listen to EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged) again? Why?

    Yes its such a brilliant story and one I could listen too many times


    What was one of the most memorable moments of EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)?

    there were several memorablel moments that is why I will listen again.


    What does Michael Healy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    excellent narrator, brings the characters to life


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made my blood curse through my veins several times


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Poole, United Kingdom
    4/4/14
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    "IF YOU LOVE CONN IGGULDEN, AVOID THIS BOOK!!"

    I have never been so disappointed. I don't normally write reviews but I haven't had an audio book that has made me so cross before.
    I want to look at this in two sections firstly the Story.
    All of the history of the previous books seemed to be forgotten and inconsistent. The traits of Julius, like the war councils that Octavian attended from Spain seems to be forgotten. The posts that he held in Julius's army seems to be forgotten. Only a few of the original friends feature in a story with events that could not passed the others by. It's disappointing that with all the construction of the earlier stories in line with historical facts that there is such a change on this book. Octavian starts in this book as an 18 year old, with no silver armour. Book 3 tells of the 10 year campaign in Gaul which was followed by campaigns in Greece and Egypt, followed by the return to Rome. The tournament which was dedicated to Julius getting consult was prior to that making Octavian in the top 4 swordsman in the roman empire and beyond at an estimated age of 10, attending brothels from about 8 years of age.
    Secondly the narrator. appalling. I recognise the tone as I've been known to do the same story when trying to rush through stories with the kids and get them to bed. He sounds bored, his pronunciation is different again from the previous books. It's almost a struggle to listen due to his lack of passion misconstrued tones that do not match what he is saying on more than one occasion he has continued the character voices into text.
    After such a good series I wish it had been continued into this book. It feels like it has been done purely for money with no care or attention that I've come to expect from previous titles by this author, the narrator seems picked on the same bases.
    You have been warned

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    2/14/14
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    "The narrator made me stop and buy the book"
    What disappointed you about EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)?

    The narration was too difficult to listen to. He sounded so bored the to couldn't concentrate on the story


    If you’ve listened to books by Conn Iggulden before, how does this one compare?

    I think I would enjoy it. That's why I am going to read the book instead.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Healy’s performance?

    He sounds so bored and like reading it is tedious


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Probably


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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